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What keeps us happy and healthy as we go through life?

Mar 6, 2016 | 2 Comments

This is an interesting (short, about 12 minutes) Ted Talk about what is important in life.  This study, taking place over a 75 year period, examines the lives of a group of men in an effort to determine what makes people happy and what keeps them healthy.  Not surprisingly, it turns out Fame, Wealth, and Achievement are not what is important in life, rather what brings about happiness is our relationships with family, friends, and community.

I often find myself saying, “Life is short, enjoy it”.  It turns, over 100 years ago, Mark Twain said something very similar albeit much better:

There isn't time -- so brief is life -- for bickerings, apologies, heartburnings, callings to account. there is only time for loving -- & but an instant, so to speak, for that.
Mark Twain  - Letter to Clara Spaulding, 20 August 1886

If you have time, watch the video and see if you agree.


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